Boxes: endless fun!

We all know that children would prefer to play with the boxes than the toys they get. Since Christmas is coming up, this is a good reminder to keep it simple.

For Toddler Music & Movement and Toddler Art, we explored the world of BOXES. Toddlers started by making art by creating a collage with shapes cut from old boxes. Once the toddlers were done, I gave them paint and they painted  their abstract bas-relief collage. It was interesting to see them use the different colors to paint each shape they had glued. As the painting progressed more mixing of the colors happened.

boxes1 boxes2There are so many ways boxes can be used in art projects. You can use an open box and make a marble roll in paint or roll up the cardboard and use it to stamp a rose-like on a paper.

Mr. Josh and I made tunnels with big boxes and streamers (carwash effect) for toddlers to go through to get in the theatre for Toddler Music & Movement. That was an awesome transition into his part of the hour on boxes. He had different kinds of boxes (plastic, wood and cardboard) as well as different sizes. When Toddler Music and Movement was done, toddlers got to continue their exploration of boxes. We had setup and “invitation to play” right outside the theatre with empty boxes that could be use to stack up, line up… and more tunnel boxes! Toddlers had a blast!
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This was our first time using the theme of boxes. I came across the idea on Storytime Katie’s webpage. We adapted it to fit our needs, but it was a great resource.

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Printmaking at the Library

This week we explored two different kinds of printmaking: monoprints & collagraph.

Preschool Project (3-5 year olds) is back this week! Ms. Laura decided to do a nighttime storytime to kick off the “Dream Big Read” summer reading theme. To follow this theme, I decided to do a fun project, something most kids don’t get to do at home. We made monoprints. We also worked backwards by starting with a slab of paint and children removing the paint with paintbrushes & palette knives. I used black & blue tempera paint and with a brayer I rolled the paint directly on the table (which kids just think it’s sooo cool!). Children then used the palette knives and paintbrushes and started moving the paint around, removing some of it.

Once they were done, we placed a piece of paper on top and the rubbed it to transfer the paint from the table onto the paper.
Keep in mind that our tables are made of laminate, which is non-porous and easy to wash. If you’d like you can use acrylic sheets or cookie baking sheet.

For Toddler Art we made a collagraph, which is a collage & printmaking mixed together. I used old cardstock flyers, but you can use any kind of material to create your collage. As long as it’s thicker than paper, it will work.
Toddlers cut and glued the pieces on to a bigger one. Once they were finished, they cam to me and I applied the ink over it and they use a baren to transfer the ink from their collage to the piece of paper. The results were fun and amazing.


Rosemary, age 3 cutting and creating her collage. Mom is watching and assisting with gluing and some cutting.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Levi, age 2, showing off his collage.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Connor, age 3, with mom helping him to use the scissors and cut the cardstock.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Rosemary, age 3, using a baren to transfer the ink from her collage to the paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Levi, age 2, rubbing the paper, making a print

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Printmaking is not used often with younger children. Parents don’t always know what is printmaking or think it’s a technique for older children or adults. I don’t believe there’s an age to learn to have fun with art and stepping outside our comfort zone.